Kardashian lumped with lawsuit over Instagram snap

A UK-based photo agency has filed a lawsuit against Khloe Kardashian for posting a picture of herself on her Instagram account.

The complaint brought by Xposure Photos Ltd in the Central District of California at the end of April 2017 relates to an image captured by photographer Manual Munoz and licensed to The Daily Mail newspaper. Kardashian is alleged to have shared the photo of her and sister Kourtney dining at a Miami restaurant on Instagram on 14 September 2016 after editing out the copyright management information.

Xposure claims that by sharing the image with her nearly 67 million Instagram account followers the reality-TV star undercut the agency’s potential profits from its licensing agreement with The Daily Mail and the sale of the photograph elsewhere. Continue reading

Museum threatened with lawsuit over Van Gogh sketchbook

Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum is facing legal action after it dismissed a sketchbook allegedly belonging to the Dutch artist as a fake.

The discovery of the album of 65 drawings purported to be by Van Gogh was made in 2013 by art historian Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov who believes it was used by the artist on his travels in the south of France. When the drawings were unveiled at a press conference in Paris in November this year the Van Gogh Museum quickly released a statement entitled “Found Sketchbook With Drawings Is Not By Van Gogh, According to Van Gogh Museum”. Now Le Seuil, the publishing house behind Welsh-Ovcharov’s new book on the drawings “Vincent Van Gogh, the Fog of Arles: the Rediscovered Sketchbook”, has hit back at the museum by threatening to initiate a lawsuit. Continue reading

Why Google is in trouble with Getty Images

The US-based photo agency Getty Images has filed a competition lawsuit with the European Commission against Google.

Getty Images accusation focuses on changes made in 2013 to Google Images. Instead of thumbnails, the search engine now displays high-resolution images that have been “scraped” from third party websites.

A statement released by Getty Images states: “Because image consumption is immediate, once an image is displayed in high-resolution, large format, there is little impetus to view the image on the original source site. These changes have allowed Google to reinforce its role as the internet’s dominant search engine, maintaining monopoly over site traffic, engagement data and advertising spend. This has also promoted piracy, resulting in widespread copyright infringement, turning users into accidental pirates.”

The complaint follows the image agency’s submission in June 2015, when it acted as an interested third party in support of the European Commission’s investigation into Google’s anti-competitive business practice.

“Google’s behavior is adversely affecting not only our contributors, but the lives and livelihoods of artists around the world,” says Getty Images’ General Counsel, Yoko Miyashita.

It adds to the mounting charges against Google from the EU, the most recent of which concerned the dominant position of its Android operating system.

Google has so far declined to comment on this latest lawsuit.